Welcome to the Phantom 295 official news desk. We are proud to be representing Windsurfing at the 2012 King's Cup Regatta being held in Phuket. Starboard developed the Phantom 295 for a fun, exciting board feel in all winds, on all courses and for a majority of windsurfers. That feeling creates a new buzz amongst young sailors and gets seasoned sailors back into the sport. We aspire to put on a great show that will bring a smile on everyone’s face. The King of Thailand inspires us to ensure that the world’s most popular windsurfing brand remains Thai, and we express our gratitude for being a part of the King's Cup. Let the games begin!
Video - Day 3:
With demanding and shifty conditions from 6 knots gusting to 12, the organizers managed to run two races before the wind died out in the afternoon. Hong Kong sailor Michael Cheng Chun Leung (HKG) is currently leading with an impressive 1-3 combo, but he had to make a run for his money to stay ahead of Chang Hei Man (HKG) 4-1 and Marina Alabbau Niera (ESP) 2-4, separating the top three by only 3 points. For a full read up of race Day 3, click here.
Here is what Michael had to say about the competition so far; "The Phantom is an excellent board in light wind conditions, which makes it stand out compared to other One Design classes I have been competing in. I feel good and will try my best to stay on top of the competition, although I know it will be difficult."
With good wind forecast for the next two days in the early morning the officials have moved the start time back one hour to accomodate this. All eyes are on the water.
With the race being called off for the afternoon the riders got a chance to kick back with the Starboard team on the beach. Events such as S.U.P relay races and board balancing competitions were on the agenda. The WindSUPS and SuperSails were also given a test ride out on the water. At the end of the day the riders were treated with a traditional Thai massage right on the beach.
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Video - Day 2:
The morning here in Phuket started out with very heavy rain and a possible start looked doubtful as there was little to no wind. Luckily, there was a large swell which gave some hope for the days events. The riders and company arrived on location looking a bit wetter than usual. However, beach volley-ball and an intro to stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) kept everyone in high spirits. It was a very eventful morning despite the rain:
After a quick bite Rémi Vila, head of racing development at Starboard, hosted a masterclass on the Phantom 295 equipment. He concentrated on the reasoning behind the Phantom 295 design of the board and rig. Daniel Blinnikka from Finland also talked about tuning the gear and his latest experience during competition. For a full read up on the Phantom 295 and its history, click here.
The afternoon saw all the riders take a little break from pre-racing preparation as the race was officially canceled for the day. With the changing tide the surf looked perfect for a first go at stand up paddle boarding in the waves. After a quick lesson from the Starboard team the guys were tearing up the waves that were breaking on Kata Beach. With a promising wind forecast, everyone is prepared to hit the water first thing in the morning. Stay tuned…!
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Video - Day 1:
Saturday delivered a nice constant breeze of about 15 knots which gave the Phantom 295 riders a chance to get out on the water all day with the occasional chance of planing. After registration and a quick gear presentation by Rémi Vila the guys and girls stickered up their sails and got familiar with the course, wind conditions and the location. Later in the day a skipper meeting held by the King's Cup's officials detailed the course layout to the riders. Everyone is now set for the days ahead and hoping for wind.
As the day came to end the riders got together to enjoy some traditional Thai food in a local restaurant just off Karon. There was a great atmosphere in the room as all the riders discussed their day on the Phantom 295's. The Starboard team and members of the Windsurfing Association of Thailand (WATH) were delighted to have representatives from the 20 countries around the table to enjoy the local Tom Gha Gai, Somtum, and delicious Yam Nuea. Luckily enough everyone made it home just in time before a typical Phuket tropical storm rained down.....phew!
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Preparation Day 2:
Today saw many of the riders arriving early to test out the Phantom kit before the official race day tomorrow. Riders from Thailand, Burma, Spain, USA, Finland, and the UK all made an appearance. After receiving their race number everyone braved the scorching sun, rigged up and hit the water. Light winds prevented any serious action but it blew just enough for everyone to get familiar with their kit. Many kata beach goers stopped to take a look at the bright green sails cruising out on the ocean.
So tomorrow marks the opening of the King's Cup Regatta 2012 and also the start to the Phantom 295 event. After registration at the Kata Beach Resort & Spa Hotel in the morning, Rémi Vila will give a short presentation of the equipment for the Phantom kit to all the riders. With the wind looking to gradually pick up, everyone is eager to get to the start line. All (windsurfing) eyes are on Phuket this weekend, stay tuned!
The trucks have arrived! After driving a staggering 12 hours from the Starboard headquarters in Bangkok, we were pleased to see our 2 trucks and the drivers make a safe journey to Kata Beach. I'm sure they were pleased to see us too. After lunch the team riders from Myanmar (Burma) arrived, which gave them a chance to set up their booms for racing. It was a hot and busy day but we look forward to tomorrow and meeting more of the riders. Bye for now!
Starboard organizes the Phantom 295 Event at the Kings Cup in association with Windsurfing Association Thailand (WATH)
The windsurfing association of Thailand is based in Pattaya, and has committed itself to promote the sport of windsurfing and Thailand as the #1 manufacturer of windsurfing material worldwide. Dedicated to training and broadening the interested of the sport, its members consists of athletes, former athletes and politicians who are avid windsurfers.